Klepton Parasites First Appearance

The first appearance of the Doctor in the comic medium. (COMIC: The Klepton Parasites)


As with the television series, the William Hartnell version of the Doctor was the original comic strip Doctor.

The first Doctor Who comics to be printed were those featured in TV Comic. Consistently labeled as little more than the series' title for the entire run, all but one of the original First Doctor stories were given titles much later by comic strip and Who historians. The original comics introduced the characters of the Doctor's grandchildren, John and Gillian, who served as the strip's replacements to Susan Foreman. The strip introduced them as having lived on 20th century Earth before meeting their grandfather, but never expounded on their origins before the comic, nor their relation to Susan. Because of this, stories exploring the Doctor's family or history on Gallifrey have almost consistently "forgotten" about John and Gillian, and the lack of an acceptable "gap" for these stories to take place has often confounded fans interested in the timeline of the Doctor's life (an issue that would continue on through the Fourth and Fifth Doctor's comic adventures). Despite this, John and Gillian's adventures have not gone totally ignored by other stories, being briefly mentioned in such things as the BBC Audio story A Sting in the Tale and the Short Trips story The Man Who (Nearly) Killed Christmas.

The First Doctor also appeared in a series of Give-a-Show Projector stories in 1965, which featured the only comics to date of him battling the Daleks. He would later be featured in Doctor Who Magazine adventures both in their main series and in specials.

Comic strip companions of the First Doctor Edit

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Many of the early comic strip stories did not have individual story titles so there is no "correct" title for many of the strips. Commentary and listings from older sources may use variant titles.

  • The titles given below conform to widely accepted titles (as referenced by Jean-Marc Lofficier and revised by John Ainsworth (comic historian)). The titles below were also adopted and used by Doctor Who Magazine and throughout Doctor Who Classic Comics (to which John Ainsworth was a major contributer).
  • The titles used below are firstly taken from the strip itself or from titles given by the preceding issue. In some cases the writer/artist has been able to provide a title for a given piece of work.

The listing below shows first publication details only. Reprint details can be found by following the story links.

TV Comic Edit

Travelling with John and Gillian

TV Comic annuals Edit

TV Comic holiday specials Edit

Doctor Who annuals Edit

Doctor Who Magazine Edit

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Doctor Who Yearbook Edit

IDW Publishing Edit

Miniseries Edit

Doctor Who (2012) Edit

  • Dead Man's Hand (DW12 15 featuring Matrix projections of the first eleven Doctors and the War Doctor)

Prisoners of Time Edit

Titan Comics Edit

Doctor Who: The First Doctor Edit

Miniseries Edit

Back-up strips Edit

The Many Lives of Doctor Who Edit

Parody Edit

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